Deescalate, don’t force settlement of border issues: Indian-American lawmaker on Chinese aggression

Washington, DC: Indian-American Congressman Dr Ami Bera on Friday expressed concern over the Chinese aggression along its India border and asked Beijing to use diplomatic mechanisms rather than force to settle boundary issues with the neighboring country.

His comments came amid a border standoff between Indian and Chinese militaries.

The two sides are engaged in diplomatic and military talks amidst escalating tension following the violent clashes in Galwan Valley on June 15. Twenty Indian Army personnel were killed in the clash.

“I encourage China to use its longstanding diplomatic mechanisms with India to deescalate the situation rather than force to settle boundary issues,” Dr Bera, the longest-serving Indian American in the House of Representatives, said in a tweet.

As Chair of the House Foreign Subcommittee on Asia, Dr Bera said that he is “concerned by continued Chinese aggression along its border” with India.

“While this is a matter between China and India, it is my view that increasing military forces on either side of the Line of Actual Control will be counterproductive and unhelpful,” Dr Bera said.

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